UFC Fight Pass has added kickboxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu to its growing collection of live events available to stream on its subscription service. In an official press release on Thursday, UFC Senior Vice-President and Fight Pass General Manager Eric Winter confirmed deals with GLORY kickboxing and the Eddie Bravo Invitational.
“We are proud to announce our new partnerships with the GLORY kickboxing and EBI Brazilian jiu-jitsu organizations. This is a huge development for FIGHT PASS. We haven’t just added some kickboxing and some BJJ to FIGHT PASS – we partnered with leaders in both sports. GLORY has established itself as the pinnacle of world kickboxing while EBI leads the way in exciting, fast-paced submission grappling. Both of these organizations are tremendous additions to FIGHT PASS.”
It’s worth noting that only the GLORY SuperFight Series will be on Fight Pass, as the promotion still has a television arrangement with ESPN for the main card. The first GLORY SuperFight Series event will air on February 26th in Chicago, with Joe Schilling and Mike Lemaire as the feature bout. GLORY’s entire fight library will also be accessible on Fight Pass.
As for the Eddie Bravo Invitational, their next event is slated for April 24th in Los Angeles. Per the press release, “there will be five live EBI events on FIGHT PASS in 2016, and previous EBI action will available on FIGHT PASS immediately.” Several of the world’s top BJJ competitors have competed at EBI, including Garry Tonon, who has been crowned tournament champion at both welterweight and lightweight. In the last event, UFC bantamweight Rani Yahya reached the quarterfinals of the WW tournament, which had a $20,000 grand prize.
Last but certainly not least, “UFC FIGHT PASS also acquired the rights to the world’s definitive kickboxing library. Beginning immediately, FIGHT PASS will upload over 2000 hours of elite striking action including the 27-event GLORY archive, seven major events from the It’s Showtime library and over 100 events from the iconic K-1 organization that featured athletes like Mark Hunt, Mirko Cro Cop and Alistair Overeem.”
So if you ever wanted to relive the great K-1 cards from yesteryear, Fight Pass is your home to watch the famed Japanese-based promotion.
It’s been a big year for UFC Fight Pass, most notably with the emphasis on higher profile UFC fights on the platform, including Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping at the end of this month. These latest acquisitions reach beyond MMA and will certainly interest kickboxing and grappling fans alike.
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